Last season, the offense was abysmal for the Indianapolis Colts. They frequently turned the ball over, and couldn’t consistently move the chains or score points. The biggest problem was the offensive line, who struggled to run block, and were especially bad in protecting the quarterback. If the Colts are going to be competitive in 2023, that has to change.
To help improve the offense, Indy made additions like head coach Shane Steichen, quarterback Anthony Richardson, and wide receiver Josh Downs. However, the team hasn’t made any major changes to the offensive line. While a few rookies were added, Indianapolis is pretty much expected to have the same starting offensive line from last year.
However, Shane Steichen feels the Colts have a secret weapon that’s helping the offensive line improve: the defensive line. In a recent interview on NFL Network, following a training camp practice, Steichen explained that Indy’s defensive line makes the offense better every day. Shouting out guys like DeForest Buckner, Grover Stewart, and Kwity Paye, Steichen is impressed with the defensive line.
Colts defensive line helping offense improve
Buckner and Stewart are two of the best defensive tackles in the entire league. Additionally, Kwity Paye is on one end of the line, and everyone believes he can be dangerous, and a relentless Samson Ebukam is on the other end. There’s no question that the defensive line is challenging the offense every day.
What would be great news, though, is if the offensive line is meeting the challenge and making the defensive line work as well. We know the defensive line is good, it’s the offensive line that’s a question mark. If the defensive line consistently dominates Indy’s o-line all training camp, could we be in store for more of what we saw last season? Let’s hope the offensive line continues to grow throughout training camp and they’ll be ready for the season.